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Wanting to Write and Not Finding the Words

I’ve been trying to write a blog post for months. I have drafts and half finished ideas scattered across half a dozen apps as both text and voice notes. Plenty of words but not the time or the space to craft them into something more coherent. So instead of trying to work through that pile […]

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learning design Work Out Loud

Designing the Learning Experience: Activities & Patterns

Thinking about the design of experiences and how a focus on activities might work with the development of a pattern language to aid learning design.

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2020: Are We There Yet?

I write a wrap up of each year because it helps get my head in order to face the new year. This was one hell of a year. There were massive milestones, profound happiness and sadness, incredible isolation and togetherness. The year swung between extremes, sometimes so quickly I was literally left spinning. I saw […]

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We design learning.

For the past few months, I’ve spent a bit of time working towards a definition of learning design that works for me. Definitions are really hard to do. They sound easy, but once you start to unpack things it gets quite difficult, very quickly. I don’t know if I’ve got my definition sorted yet, but […]

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Bringing my thoughts together

A few years ago I played around with the Federated Wiki, and I liked it. At the same time setting one of my own up was a bit of work and life comes along and drags you off in another direction. I liked the idea of connected documents, ideas and thoughts and of those being […]

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This is 40

So I made it. I was a little bit apprehensive after I’d scheduled all those posts that I might pass away in my sleep – but I made it through the night . I touched down in Adelaide the night before – still 39 – and into a state that is actively policing borders. Our […]

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1 till 40 – In Transit

No one ever tells you how much of life you spend waiting for time to pass. I’m reminded of that as I spend a day in airports and on flights, waiting. Waiting to depart, waiting to arrive, waiting to start and waiting to finish. Life itself is in transit. It’s the space between things rather […]

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2 till 40 – In the moment

Most of the time my mind is somewhere else. I’m thinking about the future or the past, what I have to do next or where I need to be, or wait… what was that thing I had to do? I’m rarely in the moment. I find it sometimes in the car when I’m driving – […]

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3 till 40 – Family

We did goodbyes today with the family. It was great to be together and just enjoy the company. I’ve missed that physicality of being together during COVID. While going online has kept us safe its a diminished experience when it comes to family, because so much of those relationships are about proximity and closeness. You […]

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4 till 40 – A Decent Pour

At dinner tonight with friends we drank wine. I like wine and so do my friends and they have these great big wine glasses. They’ve made wine – lots of it and so their approach to wine, and in particular how they pour it is a little different to me. I’ve always been stayed and […]